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Miss. House approves dramatically altered ‘religious freedom’ bill

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.
JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mississippi House vote 80 to 37 Wednesday evening to approve a dramatically altered “religious freedom” bill that simply calls for a joint House-Senate Judiciary committee to prepare a report “regarding proposed legislation that protects the religious freedoms of the citizens of the State of Mississippi.” The report is due December 31.

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Arizona governor’s staff worked on religious freedom bill with proponents

| Monday, March 10, 2014
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)
PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's staff worked with proponents of a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays before the legislation was introduced in January, according to emails released by her office.

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Lesbian couple sues Vt. town claiming a decade of anti-gay harassment

| Sunday, March 9, 2014
WPTZ-TVBarbara Ernst and Barbara Supeno
ADDISON, Vt. -- A lesbian couple is suing the town of Addison, Vt., alleging they have been subjected to 10 years of discrimination, harassment and intimidation by residents and town officials because of their sexual orientation.

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Miss. lawmakers feel pressure over proposed religious freedom bill

| Friday, March 7, 2014
Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. — Lawmakers in conservative Mississippi find themselves in a tug-of-war over a religious freedom bill that some say is uncomfortably similar to one recently vetoed by Arizona's Republican governor.

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Ky. child care agency says short-lived plan to hire gays resulted in lost funding

| Friday, March 7, 2014
Sunrise-KY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Uncertainty over a short-lived proposal to open employment to gays at Kentucky's largest private child care agency prompted many of its supportive churches to withhold giving last year, causing a multi-million dollar shortfall.

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Kansas delays further action on religious freedom protections until next year

| Thursday, March 6, 2014
Kansas state capitol in Topeka.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas lawmakers will not consider enacting new legal protections this year for those who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds, but will debate the issue again in 2015, the state Senate's top leader said Thursday.

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Miss. religious freedom bill renews debate on anti-LGBT discrimination

| Thursday, March 6, 2014
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.
JACKSON, Miss. -- A gay rights group is asking Mississippi legislators to specify that a religious-practices bill won't open the way for discrimination if it becomes law.

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Miss. House panel advances religious freedom bill

| Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi House panel on Tuesday changed and passed a bill that says state and local government cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices.

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Mississippi House panel faces deadline on religious freedom bill

| Monday, March 3, 2014
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.
JACKSON, Miss. -- A Mississippi House panel will decide Tuesday whether to kill a religious freedom bill or keep it alive with or without changes.

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Gay rights supporters in Kansas seek new anti-bias laws

| Sunday, March 2, 2014
John Hanna, APIn this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 photo, Tom Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas urges a crowd to work for the election defeat of socially conservative legislators during a rally at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Having won a key legislative fight with social conservatives in Kansas, gay rights advocates aren't content with simply blocking a measure they said would have encouraged businesses and government workers to refuse to serve gays and lesbians in the name of religious freedom.

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